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Phillie agrees to stay

Kevin Millwood is back with the Philadelphia Phillies for at least one more season -- and possibly more.

 

Millwood accepted the Phillies' offer of salary arbitration yesterday, assuring he'll be in Philadelphia's improved rotation in 2004.

"I wanted to play in Philly. It wasn't a tough decision," Millwood said.

Millwood, who made $9.9 million in his first season with the Phillies, had been seeking a five-year contract worth about $15 million per season.

By accepting the offer, he is considered to be a signed player under baseball's rules. If the sides can't work out an agreement, his salary would be determined by an arbitration panel in February. Millwood, 29, went 14-12 with a 4.01 ERA for the Phillies last year.

Garcia unwanted

Karim Garcia was cut loose by the New York Yankees, a day after he was charged with assault and battery for brawling in the bullpen during a playoff game in Boston. New York also cut David Dellucci and agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with infielder Miguel Cairo. In addition, lefthander Gabe White accepted the Yankees' offer of salary arbitration, making him a signed player.

Garcia and Dellucci will not be offered 2004 contracts by the Saturday deadline, making them free agents.

Guillen an Angel

Free agent outfielder Jose Guillen, who hit .311 with 31 homers and 86 RBIs last season, agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with the Anaheim Angels. He played last season for Cincinnati and Oakland . . . Outfielder Carlos Lee agreed to a $15 million, two-year contract with the White Sox, who also agreed to an $800,000, one-year deal with pitcher Kelly Wunsch. The terms were confirmed to The Associated Press by baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity . . . The ball caught by Cubs fan Steve Bartman in Game 6 of the NLCS that may have cost the Cubs a shot at their first World Series since 1945 will be destroyed. Grant DePorter, managing partner of a group that owns Chicago restaurant Harry Caray's, made the winning $92,719 bid for the ball in an Internet auction. He said the ball will be destroyed Feb. 26 in a ceremony at the restaurant . . . The Mets gave utilityman Joe McEwing a $1 million, two-year contract, and outfielder Timo Perez an $850,000, one-year deal . . . Lefthander Scott Eyre agreed to a $2.45 million, two-year contract with the Giants . . . Los Angeles second baseman Alex Cora agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract . . . The Twins agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with second baseman Luis Rivas . . . Reds catcher Jason LaRue and infielder D'Angelo Jimenez agreed to one-year contracts . . . Free agent reliever Antonio Alfonseca agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves . . . Brewers infielder Wes Helms agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year deal, while outfielder John Vander Wal declined Milwaukee's offer of salary arbitration.

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